S: Study Abroad Peru 2011
BC: I have had the luxury of traveling to many places. Many have asked me to describe my experience. I would first state that it felt like 3 months instead of 3 weeks with all the work and touring that was done in the short amount of time. Overall, it was exhilarating and exhausting, frustrating and fun, wild and wonderful, hurried and humbling. But most of all, it was an experience I will never forget. I forged new friendships with both my classmates, professors, and the people of Peru!
FC: Study Abroad Peru 2011
1: Peru Study Abroad 2011 The department of Informatin and Library Science at The University of North Texas sponsored a study abroad to Peru. Dr. Toby Faber, Dr. Barbara Schultz-Jones, and Dr. Janet Hilburn led the expedition to modernize three schools: Colegio Nacional de Ciencias del Cusco, Colegio San Jose La Salle, and Colegio Sagrado Corazon.
2: Jill Mitchell Eagle, ID 83616 | Packing 35 books to donate to the schools in Peru. Hope they all fit!
3: From May 17th until June 7th, 2011, I went on my journey to Peru with fellow UNT students. The database Mandarin 3 system taken along with suitcases full of books to donate to the schools (as seen on previous page). I was on the team at Colegio Nacional de Ciencias. On weekends, I got to travel to see surrounding towns and Inca ruins. It was a whirlwind trip that was both exhilarating and exhausting!
4: I arrived in Cusco on May 19th and was encouraged to drink coca tea to mitigate altitude sickness.
5: Hotel Garilasco I stayed on the bottom floor with my roommate, Susan Whitmer.
6: Cusco, Peru
7: Getting to know the city with all its churches and plazas. The Colonial buildings are beautiful.
8: Colegio Nacional de Ciencias del Cusco
9: Dean Herman Totton signs the "Book of Gold" which is only for visitors of distinction that come to Las Ciencias. | This is the area for the future library. There is a lot of work to do! | A young boy waits for his mom.
10: The Inca ruins of Sascayhuaman
11: The weekend whirlwind travel begins to see the surrounding sites.
13: Tambomchay is known for the type of irrigation system that the Incas built.
14: Petting zoo - Awana Kacha. | I learned the difference between the difference between llamas, alpacas, vicunas and guanacas. The first two are tame and the latter wild.
15: Baby alpaca is prized for its soft wool and many items are made from yarn.
16: The Inca ruins of Pisac. The stonework and panoramas of the Sacred Valley are magnificant and beautiful! | A very narrow trail leads to the sun temple. There are no rails and a canyon drops below.
17: I made it it out the other side! | I had to walk through a tunnel too!
19: I made it to the temple with the round sun dial. The corroded building were homes. Below: Our guide for the first weekend was Nicholas who was very informative.
20: Chincherro | Legend is that the rainbow originated in this town.
21: Spanish built Colonial church on ruins.
22: Museum where it is demonstrated how local plants are used to dye yarn.
24: Maras is a salt mine where the water comes from a natural spring in the mountain. Families own a plot that is harvested. Left: canyon of salt. Below: water enters from mountain.
27: Moray is known for the agricultural experiments with the various microclimates in the circles and levels.
28: It's time to get back to work and I learned how to catalog! | Ida, the assistant librarian, and Tina McPherson look up information to help the process hurry along!
29: "Pepe" the librarian at Colegio Nacional de Ciencias del Cusco. He was so eager to learn!
32: Above: Molly, Claudia, Ben, Erich, Chris, and W.D. Right: The hostel in Urubama.
33: SEMINARIO A pottery museum. animal rescue, and gift shop in Urubamba.
34: Of course, there is always the shopping at markets in each town that is of high priority!
35: These bulls are on the rooftops of each home in the mountainous towns and represent hope of prosperity and blessings.
36: A bicycle is a mode of transportation for the indigenous people if they have a little money. Otherwise, they walk or ride the bus. | This is a typical taxi that can carry two (but you see three squished into them)!
37: A woman is leading a team of oxen as the man plows the field. A man carrying his calf following a donkey.
38: The indigenous women are seen selling their goods in the streets, at plazas, and in the markets. They work when they are able to speak.
40: The children are adorable. Left: Dulce is the dog's name meaning sweet.
42: On the train to Machu PIcchu. | This is one of the most majestic and beautiful places in the world. It still feels surreal that it exists and I was there!
46: Pepe learns how to catalog and we cannot stop him. The card catalog will soon be obsolete at Colegio Nacional de Ciencias del Cusco!
47: All the hard effort was worth it to see these young boys enter the library and eagerly peruse the books!
49: I was now time to celebrate our accomplishments. The directors put on a program that ended with dancing and giving us all plaques from both the school and their PTA. It was a great way to end the experience!
51: It was great to visit with my dear friends, the Mannings (Lyn, Roger, and Natalie) in Lima, Peru. We went to a water park, ate seafood, and enjoyed the beach. Their home has an incredible view overlooking the city!